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? [ male announcer ] learn more at isitlowt.com. [ laughs ] hey! >>> i believe in people's lawful right to bear arms and i will not take your shotgun away. i will not take your rifle away. i won't take your handgun away. there's common sense gun safety laws that i believe in. but i am not going to take your guns away. if you want to find an excuse not to vote for me, don't use that one. because that just ain't true. >> aware of the intense politics surrounding gun control, president obama vowed to support the rights of gun owners during his first term and his first campaign. but after the first term started, it is very clear that he lived up to that promise in a big way. the brady campaign gave him an "f" in 2010 for his record on gun regulation. but he didn't please gun advocates either. the nra gave him an "f" on his most recent report card. those two grades tell you a lot about the state of today's gun control debate. now after the mass murder of children at sandy hook elementary school the president is doing something different. he is taking a louder stand the that might endear him
've already racked up through the laws that they passed. let me repeat. we can't not pay bills that we've already incurred. >> the debt ceiling is coming, the sequesters are coming. cue the next countdown clock. joining us now from washington, the sage of capitol hill, hardest-working man in news business, nbc's luke russert. the first question i have to ask you, do you sleep, and will you ever get a vacation? >> no and no is the answer right now. >> never. >> i missed it completely. it's funny, my colleagues down on capitol hill, too, missed christmas, missed new year's. new year's eve on capitol hill is quite an experience. nothing like being with oren hatch at the midnight hour. >> getting the fiscal deal, less than an hour to go, but is this just the small battle, and is the real fight willing to come? because republicans are already signaling that they want the debt limit to be when they really stand their ground. >> one of the criticisms people have of pundits and reporters in d.c. is they are always looking ahead to the next thing and we don't digest what's happening enough in f
used in crimes that would be not law-abiding gun use. they would support amendments to carry guns on amtrak, national parks and bars and what i would call the notorious stand your ground legislation. do you think that agenda, if it has more exposure in this debate, i mean if the president read off those things in the state of the union, do you think that would drive a wedge between the average gun owner and the nra's national agenda? >> it would start a debate. look, it's not the job of reporters to carry one side of an argument. if the nra is making an argument and no one is making one against them, it has a consequence for the debate. what the gun control side has lacked for a long time is a powerful grassroots group that actually has the muscle and the money to force the conversation, to force leaders and lawmakers and presidents to talk about it. so you don't have a solution or problems -- >> i think we're abdicating responsibility there. we talk about, you know, far right and left and act like we're having a balanced debate. it's rare we go through statistics and teach the su
,000 or whatever that number is, barack obama will sign into law at some point a tax cut for millions of american people. they will no longer be the bush tax cuts. they will be the obama tax cuts from millions of medal class families all across this country. guess what, that's not a bad thing. >> the question is going to be what does he get for it, right? if he goes and increases the threshold to 4r50,000, what is the president getting? obviously, unemployment insurance is important, but what else has the president gotten in this negotiation? >> he hasn't gotten a lot. that's kind of the problem that i think a lot of liberals are saying. you saw jonathan's article. a lot of liberals are saying he is caving on taxes, getting very little in return, and the debt ceiling fight is three months away, and we're already seeing republicans openly saying, oh, yeah, we're going to fight over that too, and we're going to get what we want there. >> right. >> i think it's frankly pretty ridiculous to say he is not getting anything because is he getting a lot. he is not getting 250,000, but 450,000, there's a s
by law to temporary regardly postpone the date that u.s. would otherwise default on its legal obligations. a lot of republicans think because they're willing to be irresponsible, because they're proven that they will irresponsibly endanger the good faith and credit of the united states, that's another piece of leverage down the road. >> yeah. and i think they're mistaken about this. i think the president has made it very clear that as a de facto position he will not compromise. because he wants to kick the habit of using the debt ceiling as a negotiating tool. obviously, it was a telling time for secretary geithner to put out that statement yesterday. >> did you find it political? >> no, i would never -- >> if the budget matters. >> no. but it does suggest that the white house wants a grand bargain type deal, that their investment is in getting something big together so that they can resolve all these things right now. you don't have to go and ask do this all over again in two months' time, they can start focusing on other legislative matters. >> and politicians are inherently risk averse
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